Otafest is a Calgary based non-profit organization expressing the values of charity, quality, and transparency. The body of our activity pertains to the promotion of Japanese art, culture, and media in the Canadian community, and our organization rests firmly on the spirit of community collaboration and volunteerism.

Otafest is a three-day festival held at the University of Calgary.

Schedule, Charity Art, Auction, and Contest Winners

29 Apr

Otafest is about 3 weeks away! Are you ready?

The schedule is now live! It is subject to change, but we don't expect any major changes to occur.

Congratulations to our contest winners!
Mascot Contest
First place: Squigi
Runner Up: Derek Weselake
Honourable Mention: Jararu

Literature Contest
First Place: Ignotae
Runner Up: Kristy Wong
Honourable Mention: Hope Loneheart

All contest entries will be on our website for you to see very soon!

If you would like to submit an item for the Otafest Auction & Charity Auction, please fill out the form before May 13.

Charity Art
Once again you have the chance to bid on an exclusive, one of a kind piece of Otafest art. There will only be one print, ever, so make sure it's yours!
The print will be on display at our Information Booth during the convention, and you will be able to place a bid for it at the Otafest Auction & Charity Auction on Sunday!

Click here for more details and to see the print

Cash Pre-Registration Event

27 Apr

This event is for those of you who would like to pre-purchase your passes to Otafest 2014 and cannot buy them online.

This will be spread across three days as follows:

FRIDAY May 2: 5:00PM - 8:00PM
SATURDAY May 3: 12:00PM - 3:00PM
SUNDAY May 4: 4:00PM - 7:00PM

Location: University of Calgary Science Theatres
Map: Click Here

We will be selling all passes that are available online. This means you can buy 3-Day General and 3-Day Child passes.

One-day passes will not be pre-sold, if you're looking for a one-day pass you can get them at the door during Otafest!

$40.00 3-Day General (13+ yrs.)
$10.00 3-Day Child (6-12 yrs.)
$00.00 3-Day Child (0-5 yrs.)

What we require from you is your full name (If you have ID, it will make our lives easier), your e-mail address (your tickets will be emailed to you), and the payment!

Look for the Otafest banners, all of us will be wearing our Otafest Executive shirts. DO NOT GIVE YOUR MONEY TO ANYBODY NOT WEARING AN OTAFEST EXECUTIVE SHIRT!

Pre-registering by cash at this event gives you all the same benefits as pre-registering online:
- It DOES qualify you to buy the pre-registration pin
- It DOES allow you to pick your wristband up on Thursday May 15 if you so choose!

Almost there...ALMOST THERE!!!

19 Apr

The party is getting close! With less than a month until Otafest 2014, everything is beginning to fall into place. We hope you're ready for the best Otafest yet.

Tickets! Pre-purchase your tickets and benefit from shorter lines, access to the pre-registration exclusive pin, and early wristband pickup on the evening of May 15!

We have put up this year's list of vendors and Artist Alley artists so you know exactly where to go to find that specific print or plush you've been looking for.

Our event schedule is well on its way to completion. It should be ready for you soon! It will go live along with our confirmed venue map.

Have you been following the Pin Trading Blog? We've been releasing a new pin design each week to enrich your trading experience!

Each year we have to confiscate some props due to their non-complience with Otafest's and/or the University's policies. Make sure your prop is convention-safe by asking our Policy Enforcement head either on our Weapon Classification Thread on the Otafest Forums, or by e-mailing our Policy Enforcement Team directly.

Do you have a question for Otafest? E-mail our General Inquiries Inbox!

Panels & Events Update!

21 Mar

If you want to know what to expect at Otafest 2014, check out the newly updated Panels & Events page, Themed Rooms page, and the AMV Room page!

Stay tuned for more updates, we expect to have our main events and more up in the next couple weeks!
Don't forget to check the pin blog on Monday for a new release!